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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

3 "Must-Have" Nikon AI-s Lenses

Note:
Once again I will be away on a trip. I should return at the end of this month, so AmateurNikon will be back with new articles in early February. Take care!

Introduction

Another comparative review for today - they are quite popular, I've come to notice; see ultra-wide angle lenses for DX, 3 super zooms, 3 budget macros for DX, and 5 budget normal primes.Today's article will be slightly different than those above, in that the focus will not be on scope (e.g. super zooms, macros, etc) but on type.
Today's article compares 3 "must-have" Nikkor AI-s lenses for your Nikon camera.

A couple of caveats and disclaimers:
  1. "must-have" is a relative term. There are no "must-have" lenses, as it all boils down to your personal needs and situation.
  2. If you're an entry-level (and DX) user, AIs lenses means no metering. Additionally, your camera's smaller viewfinder makes manual focus harder.
AI-s lenses (like this beauty) are usually characterized by excellent build quality


So, now we got this out of the way, let's begin.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Reviewing the Nikon Nikkor 35mm AF-S f/1.4 G

General
Happy New Year! New year, new photographic opportunities. Let's begin 2017 with a review. Today we'll take a look at the Nikon Nikkor 35mm AF-S f/1.4 lens. As I'd mentioned here, 35mm feels a bit weird on FX for my personal preferences. But your mileage may vary. At the end of this article I'll also offer you some similar alternatives.

Bokeh might be the best thing about this lens

Pros/Cons
+ Optical quality is flawless, with one caveat (read below)
+ For an AF-S lens, manual focus is superb - though still not as great as in an AI-S lens
+ Sturdy, it inspires confidence in terms of construction quality...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Happy Holidays from AmateurNikon - and a Funny Review

The staff of AmateurNikon (meaning just yours truly) will be away for a couple of weeks - I'll be coming back after New Year. Enjoy yourselves, take lots of pictures, and - above all - love one another, because we've got nothing else to keep away the darkness.
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As something to put a smile on your face, today I'll offer you a very special review. It's a review for lens X. What's that? Oh, but it's the lens you never have with you when shooting with your Nikon!

General
This is the best lens Nikon (or anyone) has ever made. It's the lens that solves all your photographic problems. It's the fastest, sharpest, most reliable piece of equipment for all Nikon cameras. It's just the right size and weight, to boot. It has only one flaw: it's never with you. It's the lens you didn't buy, or the lens you forgot at home.



Pros/Cons
+ Sharpest lens ever made, period. It's gotta be, right? Right? Well, definitely sharper than the lens you're shooting with right now
+ The only thing faster that its autofocus is light; the only thing more reliable, a Japanese salaryman
+ Goldilocks on steroids: just small/light enough. Peee-erfect!